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Mobile internet improves life quality, drives digital inclusion: Study

Staff Correspondent
18 Oct 2022 19:35:29 | Update: 18 Oct 2022 19:38:38
Mobile internet improves life quality, drives digital inclusion: Study
— Courtesy/ Telenor Group

Telenor Asia has recently conducted a study titled “Digital Lives Decoded” that involves 8,000 mobile internet users across eight markets (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) in South and Southeast Asia on the occasion of Telenor’s 25th anniversary in Asia.

The study revealed that about 91 per cent of Bangladeshi believes that the use of mobile phone improves their quality of life.

An event was recently organized by Grameenphone, to reveal the findings of the study. Chairman of Grameenphone and Head of Telenor Asia Jorgen C Arentz Rostrup delivered the keynote at the event.

In his keynote, Rostrup shared the key trends relating to how connectivity is empowering users with more economic opportunity, daily convenience, and greater access to essential services with the present guests.

Followed by the keynote speech, a panel discussion was held where panellists Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman, Van Nguyen, deputy resident representative, UNDP, Bangladesh and Senjuti Saha, director and scientist, Child Health Research Foundation reflected on the findings in the context of Bangladesh. Dr Asif Naimur Rashid, the chief business officer of Grameenphone moderated the session.

“It’s often reported that mobile devices are coming between people, distracting users from people around them, damaging relationships and interpersonal communication skills. However, this study dispels that notion,” said Jorgen C Arentz Rostrup, head of Telenor Asia. 

Grameenphone CEO Yasir Azman said, “To live our purpose of empowering societies, Grameenphone has been striving to minimise the digital divide through connectivity since its inception. Today, standing at 25, and aspiring to create an impact beyond connectivity in the upcoming years, we reflect back on our journey, to address the gaps and further enhance our consumers' digital lifestyle and the survey findings reveal the same. I am glad to see that our efforts are paying off as connectivity has been instrumental in ensuring equal opportunities for all. We hope the ongoing digitalisation and innovation lead to a sustainable and better tomorrow."